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07/29/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Fiftieth Anniversary of NASA

“NASA is not about the 'Adventure of Human Space Exploration,'
we are in the deadly serious business of saving the species.”

- John W. Young
(b. 24 Sept 1930)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's anniversary celebration should be near and dear to the hearts of many of y'all.  The accompanying music is courtesy of our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.  Thanks again, David!

BONUS - - Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra (c'mon - who else??)






   Happy Birthday tomorrow to:

30 -     Don Chaney ('66) of MD AND         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, American School, IL) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

31 -
  Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND    Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;

01 -        My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC AND    Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA;

02 -
  Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia;

04 - The United States Coast Guard - 1790;

05 -  Frank Friedland ('60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/28/08, 3:56 PM:

Jerry's HOME!!!  He is taking a nap and feeling much better.  He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!
Thanks for everything, EVERYBODY!
Judy(I think I'll take a nap, too)

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Dearest Judy! You know what that means, doncha?!? Time for more hugs and kisses for your darling husband!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 07/28/08 - "Something to think about":

This film was made by a 15 year old girl.  It is the hottest thing on the internet and on Fox News today. 

Lizzie Palmer who put this
YouTube program together, is 15 years old.  There have been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning. In case you missed it, here it is. 

Watch all of it.......and, pass it on!!

   Thank you, Ronnie! We've run this several times, and we'll run it again from time to time. It's too important to do otherwise.


       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 07/28/08 - "Class of 1968 fallen classmate":

I was taking a peak at what has been updated in the "In Memoriam" section.  How did you come up with the old obituaries???  Nice work, I must say.
I noticed, Jerry Charles Smith from the class of 1968 is not listed.  He died when he was in his mid-twenties, I think.  He had an older brother, but for the life of me I can't remember his name.  He graduated prior to 1966.  Jerry and his family lived on Ellen Road.  Ellen Road is a horseshoe and they lived on the side close to Briarfield Road, where the little strip of Madison Avenue goes out to Briarfield Road.
I hope you can come up with something on him.
Thanks for all your hard work.
Hugs, Carol Anne '70     

   Thanks so much, Carol Anne! I do hope someone will be able to help us with this.

   I ran Jerry's name  through the SSDI, and this was as close as I could come.  It's very probably "our Jerry", but not close enough for me to assume so without other information to corroborate it:

Name                  Birth            Death      Age Last Residence Last Benefit Issued By

JERRY SMITH   15 Dec 1949   Mar 1975   25      (not specified)       (not specified)   Virginia

   The Daily Press archives only extend back to 1989, so I've no simple way to locate anything before that.  Meanwhile, I've added Jerry to the In Memoriam page for his class:


From - 07/27/08:

What Are You Pouring Your Life Into?
By Caroline Jalango

Have you ever “poured” your life or energy into something or someone…even after you knew deep down in your heart that it wasn’t worth it?

Were you successful? What were the returns?

A couple of years ago, I faced a tough and emotional situation. My beloved Volvo car, which I had owned for several years, broke down, one last time—for good!

I was so attached to this car…we had gone on so many road trips and adventures together. I had laughed, cried, yelled and pounded my fist on the steering wheel during rush hour traffic, eaten my favorite foods and listened to my favorite songs in this car. I had so many great memories!

You see, this car had broken down a few times before and each time, even when the damage was minor, the expensive Volvo parts usually resulted in expensive repair bills. Despite that, I never once considered giving up the car and was determined to fix it at any cost. When it came to my car, my attitude was, “let’s do anything possible to get this baby up and running!”

So, I kept “pouring and pouring…and pouring” money, (which I didn’t always have) into repairing the car— even after the mechanic advised that the repair costs had exceeded the value of the car.

I truly believed that the car repairs were worth it and refused to even think about the option of buying another car. I always kept my fingers crossed and hoped that it would be the last repair in a long time! I secretly hoped “my good old car,” would always beat the odds.

So, you can imagine how I felt when my car finally stalled— for good. My sense of loss and grief was real!

I realized that I couldn’t spend any more money on it because it was too costly and it just wasn’t worth it. I knew the time had come to let it go and even though it was hard and painful…it had to be done.

Have you ever experienced something similar to this?

Investing your life, energy, finances, time, and emotions in something or someone? Ignoring obvious feedback and hoping for a different kind of result?

What has it cost you?

Consider your life for a moment…

• What or who are you pouring your energy or life into?
• What are the returns?
• How do you know that you are moving in the right direction? (Identify three specific signs of progress in your life)

Finally, do you like what you see?

Ponder point:

What happens when you discover that you are pouring water into a broken container?

• Do you get another jar?
• Do you try to fix/repair the broken container?
• Do you keep pouring?

Tip: Every once in a while, it’s important to stop and reassess how your efforts are affecting your success. It is important to gauge your performance to determine whether the progress you are making is desirable. If it isn’t, stop immediately and find solutions that work.

This is the perfect time to stop and re-evaluate your life!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/28/08 - "HELLOOOOOOOO":


A blonde was weed-eating her yard and accidentally cut off the tail of her cat  which was hiding in the grass.  

She rushed her cat, along with the tail over to WAL-MART! 


WALMART is the largest retailer in the world!!!!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"

2.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08

3.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

4.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

5. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU

8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine

9.       My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

10.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"

11.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08

12. My second granddaughter,     Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"

13. Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine

14. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

15. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; 
update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

16.   Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston).

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated."

18. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine

19. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

20. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"; update of 07/19/08 - finished her radiation treatments and is now cancer free !!!!!  - will be having reconstructive surgery in August.

21. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

22. All of Us



1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:  - 07/23/08


   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                             Love to all, Carol




Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Fly Me To The Moon

Words and Music by Bart Howard, 1954
(1 June 1915 - 21 Feb 2004)

Fly me to the moon
And let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words hold my hand
In other words darling kiss me

Fill my life with song
And let me sing forevermore
You are all I hope for
All I worship and adore
In other words please be true
In other words I love you


Well ... I really wanted the theme from the film "The Right Stuff", but I could find no such MIDI. 
Also, I am not so sure that it would have been all that recognizable.

So, on to Plan "B" ... and something much more recognizable, albeit less heroic:

"Fly Me to the Moon" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/29/08

"Fly Me to the Moon" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks again, Dave!

NASA Logo courtesy of - 07/29/08

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Astronaut clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 07/29/08

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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